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21 July 2012 :: 13:07:52 pm 65067

Culprit Behind “Gambling Policeman” Facebook Photo Faces Lawsuit

A 35-year-old guarantor will be charged with libel after sharing a Facebook photo that appears to show Pattaya police officers gambling at the police station. The suspect claimed that he was just sharing a photo from a Facebook friend, and he had no idea the photo would attract so much attention.
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PATTAYA – July 19, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; At 1 p.m at Muang Pattaya police station, an arrest was announced involving a photo that appeared to show police officers gambling on duty. The joint announcement was made by Pol. Maj. Gen. Jamnong Ratanakul, commissioner of Chonburi provincial police; Pol. Col. Panthana Nutchanat, director of Pattaya police station; Pol. Lt. Col. Kiatisak Sraton-oi, vice director of crime suppression division; Pol. Lt. Col. Anak Prasongsuk, inspector of investigation division; and Pol. Lt .Col. Prasit Mansri, investigation officer of the case.

The suspect was identified as Mr.Permsak Wongvila, 35, who works as a convict guarantor, living at house number 212/1 moo 7 Sangkhla, Surin. Mr. Permsak admitted posting the controversial photo on Facebook, but said that he was just sharing it from his contact’s Facebook post, and did not expect it would be widely publicized.

Mr. Permsak apologized to police, especially to Pol. Serg.Thanakorn, who was featured prominently in the photo and suffered damage to his reputation, along with family members. Mr. Permsak also apologized to the media because they were initially blamed by the police for taking the misleading photo.

The incident began when the original photographer had claimed in his Facebook post that it was a picture of police officers gambling. The news spread fast, resulting in the slandering of the police officers’ reputations. People were curious if the officers in the picture were playing dice and gambling.

A police officer in the photo, Pol. Serg. Thanakorn Jongpian, squad leader of the Suppression and Prevention department of Muang Pattaya police station, stated that he did not play dice or gamble, but that he had arrested several gamblers and had brought the suspects and evidence to the police station.

While he was checking the evidence, he was photographed by someone who did not wish the police officers well, and tried to capture the shot from the point of view that looked like the police were gambling.

Then the photo was posted on Facebook. After public reaction, the police enlisted the help of a gambler who had been arrested in the case, Mrs. Pusayanuch Attrit, 34, to clarify the misleading photo. She confirmed that the police had arrested her and several others gambling, and the police were documenting the evidence, and not gambling in the police station.

After the incident, the police issued a warrant to arrest the person who posted the picture on the internet, because he intended to ruin other people’s reputation and it is against the law.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Jamnong Ratanakul said they are going to prosecute the person who ruined Pol. Serg. Thanakorn’s reputation. The police informed Mr. Permsak that he will sued in court for monetary damages, with allegations that it was “libeling by advertising, and acting against computer bill 2550, code 16.”

Police Maj. Gen. Jamnong Ratanakul said this case should serve as a warning to anyone who feels free to post other people’s pictures on the Internet. If the photo damages reputations or results in harm to a person, it is against the law and could land the suspect in jail.

The police commander said he hoped the arrest would help heal the damage done to Pol. Serg. Thanakorn’s family, whose son had endured teasing by classmates about his father. He praised his sergeant for being one of his best officers and for continuing to do his duty extremely well despite the humiliating episode.

Photo of “Gambling Policemen” Misleading, Police Commissioner Says

A police commissioner condemned a picture broadcast on the internet that had shown police at Muang Pattaya police station who were counting gambling evidence after an arrest. He said the video falsely suggested that the officers were gambling while on duty and had greatly harmed their reputations.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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